Saint Thomas Academy shared the news that senior Matthew Korf of Woodbury has been named Eagle Scout of the Year by the American Legion Department of Minnesota. Korf is now in contention to be named the national American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year, which brings with it a $10,000 scholarship.
Korf, whose grandmother is a Vietnam veteran, became an Eagle Scout in June 2021 after finishing his Eagle project - a raised-bed community garden at St. Ambrose Catholic School. Korf is actively involved at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, where he volunteers often. He also is a Junior Achievement facilitator at an inner-city elementary school. He plans to serve in the military after high school. He has been accepted into the Naval Academy as well as the University of Notre Dame on both Army and Navy ROTC scholarships.
Saint Thomas Academy Commandant of Cadets Col. Neil Hetherington, U.S. Army (ret.) said, “Matthew is a well-rounded young man of unquestionable integrity, outstanding military bearing and unlimited leadership potential.”
In addition to the grand prize, three runner-up scholarship awards will be granted in the amount of $2,500 each. Additionally, the American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will travel to join the Youth Champion Delegation of The American Legion that is honored each August at the annual National Convention of The American Legion.